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  • Hot Astra Diesel Storms In
    Date: 9th March 2004
    Forget the Ford Focus Cosworth. Vauxhall is set to unleash a storming 212bhp version of its new Astra with a special twist - it has a turbo-diesel under the bonnet! The car will certainly grab headlines at its launch early in 2005, thanks to a new twin-turbo 1.9-litre oil-burner, which gives 150mph performance and 50mpg economy.
    The muscular engine was first seen in the Vectra OPC concept revealed at the Essen Motor Show in January, while last year's Geneva show car, the GTC, hinted at how the model would look.
    Although the Astra is still only a prototype, engineers want to make sure it can do 0-60mph in less than six seconds. The newcomer will be one of the first production Vauxhalls to wear the VXR branding as used on the company's BTCC Astra racers. The powerplant will be available only in the three-door Astra, which will be unveiled this autumn.
    It's hoped the VXR will create interest in 'lesser' Astra diesels, and Vauxhall is keen to steal sales from VW's Golf GT TDI with the 150bhp Astra CDTI, driven on Page 33.